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Things to do: Health and family, March 31, 2011


DAMARISCOTTA — Tina D’Amore, Shamanic healer and animal whisperer, will hold a workshop 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 1, at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St. Participant fee $5. To register, call 563-1363 by April 8.

ELLSWORTH — Friends in Action and Eastern Area Agency on Aging are offering a free workshop for volunteers and family caregivers from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the Friends in Action Senior Center, 125 State St. A special session for volunteers who provide support and respite for people in their homes will be held 1-2 p.m. Please call 664-6016 or email to register. Pre-registration is required.

DAMARISCOTTA — Acupuncture or Tuina (Asian bodywork therapy) offered by Eileen Murray, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 8, Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St.

Fee is $40. Call 563-1363 to schedule appointment.

DAMARISCOTTA — Spectrum Generations is holding a Living Well for Better Health workshop series 1-3:30 p.m. Fridays, April 15-May 20, at Lincoln Home, River Road in Newcastle. Information sessions will be at 1 p.m. April 8, at Lincoln Home; and at 11 a.m. April 1, at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St. To register for the Living Well Seminar or one of the information sessions, call 563-1363. Optional materials fee: workbook $20; healing CD, $15.

ROCKLAND — Run-A-Hound 5K, to benefit the Youthlinks animal programs, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Youthlinks, 420 Broadway. This event involves high school students volunteering with local animal shelters by taking dogs out for a run to exercise and train them. Registration fees $10 for runners with dogs; $15 for runners without dogs; and $8 for students with or without dogs. For more information, 594-2221 or .

PORTLAND — Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, author of the book “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey On the Road to Peace and Human Dignity,” will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in USM’s Hannaford Lecture Hall in the Abromson Community Education Center, Portland. Reception and book signing at 6 p.m.  The suggested donation is $10 and all proceeds benefit Daughters for Life, a foundation established by Abuelaish to promote education and advancement for girls and women in the Middle East. 239-8060.

BANGOR — A Family Engineering Challenge 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way. Families may choose from five projects. Pre-registration is recommended by calling 990-2900, ext. 1.

FORT KENT — Anthony Kern, associate professor of biology at Northland College in Ashland, Wis., will speak on the conservation biology and ecology of wild rice at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, in Nadeau Hall teleconference room of the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Free and open to the public. For more information on the Environmental Studies Speaker Series, call Steve Selva at 834-7617.

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